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List of professional sports teams in Illinois


List of professional sports teams in Illinois

The following is a list of professional sports teams in Illinois.


  • Professional sports teams 1
  • Former professional sports teams 2

Professional sports teams

Club Sport League Founded Note
Chicago Cubs Baseball Major League Baseball 1875
Chicago White Sox Baseball Major League Baseball 1894 Based in Chicago since 1900
Kane County Cougars Baseball Midwest League 1991
Peoria Chiefs Baseball Midwest League 1983
Gateway Grizzlies Baseball Frontier League 2001
Joliet Slammers Baseball Frontier League 2002
Normal CornBelters Baseball Frontier League 2009
Rockford Aviators Baseball Frontier League 1993
Schaumburg Boomers Baseball Frontier League 2012
Southern Illinois Miners Baseball Frontier League 2007
Windy City ThunderBolts Baseball Frontier League 1995 Formerly the Cook County Cheetahs
Chicago Bulls Basketball National Basketball Association 1966
Chicago Sky Basketball Women's National Basketball Association 2005
Chicago Steam Basketball American Basketball Association 2008
Kankakee County Soldiers Basketball Independent Basketball Association 2007
Chicago Bears Football National Football League 1919
Bloomington Extreme Football Indoor Football League 2006
Chicago Slaughter Football Indoor Football League 2006
Chicago Blackhawks Ice hockey National Hockey League 1926
Chicago Wolves Ice hockey American Hockey League 1994
Bloomington PrairieThunder Ice hockey International Hockey League 2006
Peoria Rivermen Ice Hockey Southern Professional Hockey League 2013
Rockford IceHogs Ice hockey American Hockey League 1991
Quad City Mallards Ice Hockey Central Hockey League 2009
Chicago Fire Soccer Major League Soccer 1997
Chicago Fire Premier Soccer USL Premier Development League 2001
Chicago Red Stars Soccer National Women's Soccer League 2007
Chicago Bandits Fastpitch softball National Pro Fastpitch 2005

Former professional sports teams

Club Sport League Seasons Note
Chicago Blaze Ice hockey All American Hockey League 2009
Chicago Blitz Football United States Football League 1983–1984
Chicago Bruisers Football Arena Football League 1987–1989
Chicago Cardinals Football National Football League 1898–1959 Moved to St. Louis, Missouri and became the St. Louis Cardinals (NFL), moved again to Tempe, Arizona and are now the Arizona Cardinals
Chicago Condors Basketball American Basketball League 1998
Chicago Cougars Ice Hockey World Hockey Association 1972–1975
Chicago Enforcers Football XFL 2001
Chicago Express Ice hockey ECHL 2010-2011
Chicago Hounds Ice hockey United Hockey League 2006–2007
Chicago Hustle Basketball Women's Professional Basketball League 1978-1981
Chicago Machine Lacrosse Major League Lacrosse 2006–2010
Chicago Packers/Chicago Zephyrs Basketball National Basketball Association 1961–1962 (Packers)
1962–1963 (Zephyrs)
Moved to Baltimore, Maryland and became the Baltimore Bullets, moved again to Washington, D.C. and are now the Washington Wizards
Chicago Power Soccer American Indoor Soccer Association (1988–1990)
National Professional Soccer League (1990–1996)
Chicago Rockstars Basketball American Basketball Association 2006–2007
Chicago Rush Football Arena Football League 2001-2008, 2010-2013
Chicago Shamrox Lacrosse National Lacrosse League 2006–2008
Chicago Skyliners Basketball American Basketball Association 2000–2001 Moved to Nevada and became the Las Vegas Slam
Chicago Stags Basketball National Basketball Association 1946–1950
Chicago Sting Soccer North American Soccer League (1975–1984)
Major Indoor Soccer League (1984–1988)
Chicago Tigers Football American Professional Football Association 1920
Decatur Staleys Football National Football League (1920–1921) 1919–1920 (Decatur)
1921 (Chicago)
1922–present (Chicago Bears)
Moved to Chicago to become the Chicago Staleys and then changed their name to the Chicago Bears
Lake County Fielders Baseball Northern League (2010)
North American League (2011)
Peoria Rivermen (AHL) Ice Hockey American Hockey League 2005-2013 Moved to Utica, New York to become the Utica Comets.
Peoria Pirates Football AF2 1999–2009
Peoria Prancers Ice hockey International Hockey League 1982–1984
Quad City Flames Ice hockey American Hockey League 2007–2009
Quad City Mallards Ice Hockey United Hockey League 1995–2007
Quad City Thunder Basketball Continental Basketball Association 1987–2001
Rockford Lightning Basketball Continental Basketball Association 1986–2006
Rockford Peaches Baseball All-American Girls Professional Baseball League 1943–1954
Rockford Rampage Soccer Major Indoor Soccer League 2005-2012
Rockford Thunder Fastpitch softball National Pro Fastpitch 2007–2009
Schaumburg Flyers Baseball Northern League 1993–2010

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